Mixed Media Lilacs with Liquid Watercolor!

Hi friends! Today I have a wild and loose painting using Dr Ph Martins Sychromatic Radiant Watercolors (don’t worry, I’m not going to quiz you on the name LOL!)SAM_5029

These are a dye based watercolor as opposed to the Hydrus which are pigment based and light-fast. Dyes do tend to fade over time but they are super vibrant making them great for some projects. Also the stain-ability is great and these can be used as a fabric dye. I want to sew some pillow covers and try dying/painting the fabric with these. But I am not ready to do that just yet so I decided to play with the paints on paper!


Here is a pic of the colors I used and I love the way the bottles look all lined up! I was surprised by the strength of these colors as you will see in the video but I do share some handy dandy tips on how to tone them down. I hope you find this project inspirational and fun!


  • Radiant Watercolors Art Student Set (Blitsy has some sets and individual bottles on sale)
  • 140# watercolor paper
  • Assorted brushes
  • Stamps and ink
  • Mulberry paper
  • Matte medium

And feel free to try these techniques with any watercolor you have! That’s part of the fun, substituting “ingredients” to come up with your own unique style! If you want more mixed media techniques please check out my Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step class or any of the hundreds of other art classes on sale for 50% off at Craftsy. Don’t wait though, the sale ends tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


5 Responses

  1. Lindsay,
    Can you tell me the name of the stamps you used for flourishes in this lilac painting please? I would like to buy them–they are a nice, big size, etc. Thank you for your help.


  2. Loved it especially stamping!


  3. Since this liquid paint works well for fabric, how would it work on Water Color Canvas? Have you used any of these canvases yet? My experience is that Frederick is the best quality and the intensity of the paint on the canvas is already intensified. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like with this liquid paint. Why don’t you give it a try?


  4. Really enjoyed your video, love lilacs, they grew almost wild around our house in N. Dak. when I was young! I am watching your videos, I am trying to get my nerve up to try some painting, I do some stamping and make cards and tags, but not much with watercolors. Thanks for all your videos and helpful hints!!!


  5. Your painting is absolutely gorgeous! Love the intense colors.I would be very interested in a video on dyeing fabric with these watercolors.


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